Getting Glenn Close to discuss Budapest gives some insight into the total immersion she invests in her wildly varied film roles. On the day of our interview, she is in New York, surrounded by notes, diaries, and travel books, prepared to spend all day, if necessary, to reveal to our readers the wonders of the Hungarian capital on the banks of the Danube.
"It's a deeply beautiful city," she says of the place she first fell in love with while filming the movie Meeting Venus in 1991. The five-time Oscar nominee recently returned to Budapest to shoot The Lion in Winter, which airs this month on Showtime. (She also stars with Nicole Kidman and Bette Midler in next month's highly anticipated The Stepford Wives.)
Close came to Budapest from an exotic upbringing that involved day schools in Switzerland and Connecticut, while her father, a physician, ran medical clinics in the Congo. After graduating from William and Mary, she moved to Broadway, reigning in role after role until she turned 35 and landed her first film, The World According to Garp, opposite Robin Williams. From there, she starred in a string of hits, including The Big Chill, Fatal Attraction, and Dangerous Liaisons, while simultaneously starring onstage (notably as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard ) and television (she won an Emmy for NBC's Serving in Silence). Here, the actress talks about her latest roles and the city that remains one of her favorite backdrops.